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Born December 25 , 1922 , in Pittsburgh , PA , William Demby was a novelist and journalist . He served in the Army in North Africa and Italy during World War II and wrote for the Army ’ s Stars and Stripes magazine . A graduate of Fisk University , Demby spent many years as an expatriate in Italy , where in addition to writing his novels , The Catacombs ( Rinehart , 1950 ), and Beetlecreek ( Pantheon / Random House , 1965 ), he wrote English-language subtitles for films by Federico Fellini , Roberto Rossellini and other Italian directors . Although he would continue to spend part of his time at his villa outside Florence , Italy , he returned to the United States and began teaching English at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York in 1969 . His third novel , Love Story Black ( Reed , Cannon & Johnson ) was published in 1978 . A 2006 recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for lifetime achievement , his last novel King Comus was begun in the mid-1980s and was finished in 2008 . It is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017 by I . Reed Publishing . In an interview in The Bloomsbury Review , Demby is quoted : “ I believed , as I still do , that a black writer has the same kind of mind that writers have had all through time . He can imagine any world he wants to imagine .” William Demby died May 23 , 1995 , at his home in Sag Harbor , NY , at the tender age of 90 .
Wallace Ford is an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Public Administration in the School of Business at Medgar Evers College . He has worked extensively in the public sector having been the direct appointee of two New York State governors and New York City Mayor David N . Dinkins . He has worked as an international attorney with specific focus in Africa and the Caribbean . He also has worked as an investment banker and management consultant . He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and is a native and resident of Harlem , NY .
Eva Freeman received an MFA from the University of Maryland , College Park and her undergraduate degree from Yale University . For almost nine years she worked in broadcast journalism at ABC News . Currently , she teaches English at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn , NY , where she also lives with her husband and two sons . “ The First Year Teacher ” is her first published piece .
Garance was born in Switzerland into an artistic family . After receiving a degree in acting , Garance started her own career as a painter . Her art was strongly influenced by her mother who was an accomplished sculptor . She undertook long travels to Italy , France , Greece , Spain and Brazil , some with the provision of artist grants and others on her own initiative . In 1985 under an artist grant from Zurich , she moved to New York City , where she lived immersed in the Lower Manhattan art scene . Garance moved to North Fork , Long Island , NY , in 1995 , and she still lives and works there today .
Born in Philadelphia , PA , “ Aziza ” Claudia Gibson-Hunter received her undergraduate degree at Temple University ( Philadelphia , PA ) and earned her MFA from Howard University ( Washington , DC ), where she was a member of the faculty . One of ten artists to create a digital print portfolio with David Adamson , Ms . Gibson-Hunter was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities . She was one of twenty artists chosen for the traveling exhibition In Unison : 20 Washington DC Artists . Her work is a part of the Washington DC Art Bank , John A . Wilson Building permanent collection , the Washingtonia collection , and the Liberian Embassy art collection in Monrovia . In 2015 , Ms . Gibson-Hunter completed a Vermont Studio Center residency ; presently she has a studio in Washington , DC , and in Maryland . Her work continues to be exhibited locally , nationally and internationally .
Paul Carter Harrison is an award-winning playwright , director , and theatre theorist who has had a long artistic association with the Negro Ensemble Company that produced his earlier works : TopHat , Abercrombie Apocalypse , and produced his signature Obie Award play , The Great MacDaddy . Harrison is the author of The Drama of Nommo ( 1973 ) a seminal collection of essays on African Diasporic expression , the editor of several anthologies of Black Theatre plays , as well as the co-editor of a volume of essays , Black Theatre : Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora ( 2002 ) that has amplified the aesthetics of Black Theatre practice . A recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for American Playwriting , a National Endowment of the Arts Playwrights Fellowship , and two Meet-the-Composer / Reader ’ s Digest Commissions , Harrison retired from 27 years of service at Columbia College , Chicago and currently resides in Panama . He serves as Visiting artist / scholar at Emory University , where he guides a research project on Critical Vocabulary for African Diasporic Expressivity .
Hakim Hasan was born in Brooklyn , NY . Formerly the Director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York , he also co-founded the Urban Dialogues seminar series at Metropolitan College of New York . Currently , Mr . Hasan is working on a collection of poems and essays .
Kim D . Hunter is a Detroiter employed in media relations for social justice groups . He co-directed the Woodward Line Poetry Series for 13 years . The series was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit in 2013 . His poems appear in “ What I Say ,” “ Rainbow Darkness ,” “ Abandon Automobile ,” “ HIPology ,” and “ Graffiti Rag .” He has published two collections of poetry : “ borne on slow knives ” ( Past Tents , 2001 ) and “ edge of the time zone ” ( white print inc ., 2009 ). He received a Kresge Literary Fellowship in 2012 for “ The Official Report on Human Activity ,” a collection of short fiction forthcoming in 2017 from Wayne State University Press .
K . Curtis Lyle was born and raised in Los Angeles , CA . He is a member of the Original Watts Writers Workshop , joining it in 1966 and becoming part of the Los Angeles Meta Poetical & Prophetic Renaissance that the group continues to represent . He has taught , lectured and read his poems in the major intellectual and urban centers of North America . He now lives in St . Louis , MO .
Ammon Medina is an MFA candidate at the University of Wyoming . He is currently a producer for the upcoming podcast “ Spoken Words ” from WPR . His chapbook Ragged Red Voice was given the Florence Kahn Memorial Award . He is a fellow from the Norman Mailer Writing Center . His work has appeared in Western Confluence , Kweli Journal and Warp and Weave .
Thomas Northrup just finished his bachelors in sociology from the College of William and Mary , where he ’ s continuing his studies to get a masters in elementary education . His main artistic pursuit is a co-authored Young Adult sci-fi novel .
Deneka Peniston is a native New York photographer who specializes in live music portraiture and events . After a long stint working behind a desk , she pursued and completed a bachelors degree in Photography and Human Rights at The New School university in New York City . While juggling full time work and a full load of college courses , Ms . Peniston began photographing concerts at the urgency of a friend ; she immediately became enamored with capturing sound and performance through visual means . For the past six years , she has been photographing musicians and artists in the underground music scene and special events for corporations and non-profits attracted to her edgier style of portraiture full time .
The author of over 30 books , Ishmael Reed is a novelist , poet , playwright , lyricist and essayist . He is also a publisher , editor , television producer , and public media commentator . A recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award , he has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and nominated twice for the National Book Award . In May 2016 , Reed received the Alberto Dubito Award for poetry in Venice , Italy . His most recent book is Black Hollywood Unchained : Commentary on the State of Black Hollywood published in May 2016 from Third World Press , Chicago , IL , and in 2017 Reed will release his 11th novel , Conjugating Hindi . In addition he publishes Konch , a literary magazine .
Roddey Reid is professor emeritus of French Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of California , San Diego . He is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose recent work focuses on the history of modern cultures and societies from the perspective of the changing ways in which citizenship and selfhood are shaped by particular cultural forms ( literature , media , advertising , fashion ), governmental policies , medical and scientific knowledge , and social movements . He is author of Families in Jeopardy : Regulating the Social Body in France , 1750-1910 ; ( Stanford University Press , 1993 ), co-editor ( with Sharon Traweek ) of Doing Science + Culture : How Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies Are Changing the Way We Look at Science and Medicine ( Routledge , 2000 ), and author of Globalizing Tobacco Control : Anti-Smoking Campaigns in California , France , and Japan ( Indiana University Press , 2005 ). His latest writing has been on trauma , daily life , and the cultures of intimidation and bullying in the U . S ., Europe , and Asia and on the crisis of the humanities . He hosts a new blog called “ UnSafe Thoughts ” on the fluidity of politics in dangerous times .
Patrick Sylvain is a poet , writer , translator , and a faculty at Brown University ’ s Center for Language Studies . He is published in several anthologies , academic journals , books , magazines and reviews including : Agni , Callaloo , Caribbean Writers , Ploughshares , SX Salon , Haiti Noir , Human Architecture : A Sociology Journal , Poets for Haiti , The Best of Beacon Press , The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse . Recently featured in : PBS NewsHour , NPR ’ s “ Here and Now ” and “ The Story ”, Sylvain received an Ed . M from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and earned his MFA from Boston University Creative Writing Department where he was a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow .
Charles Wartts , Jr . is a Writing & Literature instructor , novelist and short story writer , literary critic , and former international journalist currently teaching Communications , Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction Writing as a member of the faculty of Lindenwood University in St . Charles , MO . He has published fiction , book reviews and scholarly essays in such publications as Under The Arch : St . Louis Stories ( anthology ), Conjunctions , River Styx , Chicago Literati , Drumvoices Revue , African Voices , Black Renaissance Noire , and Black American Literary Forum among others .
Jack Whitten , born 1939 in Bessemer , AL , studied at Tuskegee Institute as a pre-med student and Air Force ROTC cadet . After a brief stint studying art at Southern University in Baton Rouge , LA , he moved to New York City in 1960 to study at The Cooper Union . Whitten made a drastic move in 1970 to experiment with the material qualities of acrylic paint . That experimentation continues to this day . The Museum of Contemporary Art , San Diego , presented Whitten ’ s most recent retrospective , Jack Whitten : Five Decades of Painting , which traveled to Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus , OH , and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis , MN ( 2015 ). Recent exhibitions include participation in I Got Rhythm , Art and Jazz Since 1920 , Kunstmuseum Stuttgart , Germany ( 2015 ). Upcoming exhibitions include Postwar : Art Between The Pacific and Atlantic 1945-1965 , Haus der Kunst , Munich , October 2016 ; and a solo show at Hauser & Wirth , New York in the spring of 2017 . His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art , New York ; Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York ; Tate Modern , London ; Whitney Museum of Art , New York ; Brooklyn Museum , New York ; among others . Whitten resides in Queens , NY , and is represented by Hauser & Wirth , and Zeno X Gallery , Antwerp , Belgium .